The Chiang Mai Flower Festival has been running for over 40 years and is a celebration of the beautiful flowers in bloom during this time.
The city is awash with vibrant colours ranging from electric orange and the lilac colours of the bougainvillea to the velvety blossoms of petunias in all shades of pink, white and purple. The strident red of the poinsettias is echoed by beds of scarlet salvias. Homes and shop owners alike line the city streets with colourful flower boxes. The sheer profusion of colour that the flower festival and carnival brings to Chiang Mai aptly gives the city its name, “Rose of the North”.
Whilst the floral displays are wonderful, that is only a part of what makes the weekend so memorable. Parades, music concerts, cultural displays and street markets combine to make this one of Thailand’s most colourful and family-friendly festivals which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.